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SPARK Award for Undergraduate Research

Application due date: March 15th, 2024

Thanks to a generous endowment created by Michael H. and Nancy E. Scarbrough, the Department of Linguistics is able to offer funding to support undergraduate research projects. There are two categories of awards, which are described below.

(1) Undergraduate travel awards

Students may receive from $250 to $500 to support travel to present their research at a regional or national conference during the current academic year (2023-24, including Summer 2024). The award may be used to support conference travel that has already taken place, or planned travel for a presentation that has been accepted. Please submit the attached application form, together with the abstract for your presentation, a copy of the official notification of the acceptance of your presentation, and a letter of support from the faculty mentor supervising the research project.

(2) Undergraduate research projects

Students may receive up to $1000 to fund a research project. Please submit the attached application form, together with a detailed project proposal and a budget, as well as a letter of recommendation from a faculty mentor who will supervise your work. For research involving human subjects, please also include a copy of the IRB approval for the project. Students must present the results of their research at a departmental symposium upon completion of the project.

Awards are open to Linguistics majors. Priority will be given to students who have not previously received a Spark Award, but previous recipients may also reapply (with a limit of $2000 in total funding received). Note that this funding may be subject to limits on financial aid eligibility for the semester in which the award is received. Please contact the Office of Financial Aid if you have questions.

Please use the following form to apply: SPARK Undergrad Research Application. Completed applications can be submitted to Amy Smoler at or 142 Gilbert Hall.

Support Linguistics at UGA

Your donations to the Department of Linguistics will support research and travel opportunities for students and faculty and other initiatives to enhance students' education in linguistics. Please consider joining other friends and alumni who have shown their support by making a gift to our fund. We greatly appreciate your contributions to the success of our programs!